Universal Music feels stupid now for fighting Peanuts and The Smiths

Vor anderthalb Monaten bloggte ich über das hervorragende Tumblelog This Charming Charlie und dem ging's seit dem nicht ganz so gut. Weil die Anwälte von Universal Music haufenweise Takedown-Notes schickten und rechtlich gegen das Mashup vorgingen. Die Dame hinter dem Projekt hat dann durch ihren Anwalt mit Fair Use argumentiert und da der öffentliche Druck mittlerweile so enorm wurde, ist Universal zurückgerudert: „A Universal Music spokesman said that the company is dropping its pursuit of This Charming Charlie. Evidently, someone at the company finally took the long view, not the lawyerly view.“

Last week, [Lauren] LoPrete posted a note on her page saying that she was going to have to stop the simulated music in the face of a growing number of requests from Universal Music Group to remove the material from Tumblr. She'd received a total of six takedown notices for three separate posts, and said more were coming in every hour.

She's received an outpouring of support online, though, and is pushing back. On Monday, her lawyer filed a counter-notice with Tumblr asking that the three posts be restored. "These brief excerpts [from The Smiths' lyrics] are used to transformative effect," wrote attorney Dan Booth. "They also have no commercial purpose, and cannot have any negative effect on the market for the original works. As a result, the takedown notices are erroneous." […]

[Updated 2:33 p.m. Sept. 25: A Universal Music spokesman said that the company is dropping its pursuit of This Charming Charlie. Evidently, someone at the company finally took the long view, not the lawyerly view.]

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